At Happy Corner we are lucky to have teachers who are committed to providing excellence in early childhood education. They take their work seriously and truly incorporate the principles of our philosophy into each activity. HCP is a Parent Participation Preschool, and in accordance with our regulations, we always have a parent on duty in the classroom to assist the teachers. Parents who attend preschool for their “duty days” will find they learn a great deal from our teachers, particularly in terms dealing with difficult situations without compromising respect for the child.
I have been involved with Happy Corner since 1984 when our family joined the preschool with our oldest child. In 1992, while I was studying for my ECE Certification from Langara College, I returned as an assistant teacher, and then two years later I was hired as the supervisor of the school. Remembering how the school embraced and nurtured our family, my work at Happy Corner always brings me back to those times.
For me, our school is a rich learning environment for all of us: teachers, children and families. It is a place where discoveries happen all the time. I view our Happy Corner community as a vibrantly coloured mosaic in which each family has a significant role, either small or large, depending on the life path each is on.
I believe guidance in emotional and social development during the preschool ages has significance for children as it gives them life-long tools to co-exist with others, while also keeping alive their own identities and desires. For me, the ambience and physical set-up of the school is very important. When the learning environment is arranged properly, it becomes a third teacher in our classroom. It demonstrates our trust in the children, it makes expectations clear, and it encourages children to explore and create. In our environment, children are respected and validated for who they are and can do their own growing and learning in a very safe, supportive and cooperative manner.
Other than my love of working with children, I enjoy pottery, yoga and being a grandmother to my four grandchildren. In 2016, I was honoured to receive the Goldie Maycock Award for excellence in preschool teaching from the Council of Parent Participation Preschools of BC. I look forward to continue working with our families and children to make Happy Corner one of the best places anywhere to grow and learn for everyone.
Hello my name is Tita Villanueva and I have been working with children for over 4 years. I enjoy every aspect of teaching and have realized that children can teach us as much as we teach them. I am always very interested in children’s brain development and the many ways of how they learn. I am passionate to the social and emotional development of each child and it is my main goal to make sure that each child under my care receives the best care and love that they all deserve.
I was born and raised in the Philippines into a rather large family. I met my husband in Canada and have been together for almost 21 years. We are blessed with a 15 year old son. I have a bachelor degree in Psychology and always wanted to be a child Psychologist. When I immigrated in Canada in 1995 I wanted to pursue my education in Psychology but due to some difficulties, I took Medical Office Assistant and some counselling courses instead. With my educational background I worked at a Pediatrics clinic for 2 years and later in an outpatient addiction clinic. I enjoyed my career in the administrative department for over 5 years then later became a drug and alcohol counselor. Due to the nature of my job and long hours of work, I decided to changed my career in 2012 so I can have more time with my son. I graduated as an Early Childhood Educator in 2013 with honors and have been working with children since then.
In my spare time I enjoy cooking, biking, camping, gardening, watching movies, music and travelling. I am very fortunate that Happy Corner Preschool is giving me a chance to grow and continue my passion. The children are fantastic and I am amazed every day that such little people can have such big personalities. In my heart even though I will not be a child Psychologist anymore, I believe that teaching younger children is an incredibly important profession and I am so glad to be part of it.
Our oldest child is in his second year at Happy Corner and he just loves going to preschool. We definitely plan on sending our younger child when the time comes. It’s fun but they also learn a lot.
– Lisa S.
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